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Meet the 2021 Mayor's Awards for the Arts Nominees: Emerging Artist

Christo Vutev

Christo has been passionate about filmmaking since he was 7 years old, making stop motion videos with Lego and plasticine. After taking video production in high school for 5 semesters, he decided to pursue that passion as a career.

Since then, he has been pursuing a self-motivated online education in filmmaking. His productions have won Best Film at Kamloops Interior Short Short Festival, have been semi-finalists at AltFF, and been accepted to Toronto Lift-off, Our Voices, and Ontario International Film Festival.

Deandra Dey

When singer-songwriter Deandra Dey is not playing music, she runs her own private counselling practise downtown Kamloops, teaches yoga and hosts a podcast called “I Have My Reasons”.

Deandra is creatively driven by the stories of human experience she hears and creatively weaves these intimate themes into her songs. Deandra’s musical sound could be described as a type of acoustic soul, drawing influence from artists like Joni Mitchell, Jill Scott, and Lauryn Hill.

In 2016 Deandra Dey received a Demo Recording Grant from Factor Canada and with this funding released her debut EP “Letters”. Since, Deandra has self released singles “Take it Easy” and "Still Dreaming". Deandra’s newest single “These Days” released November 2020 speaks to the challenging and changing seasons of life, whether that be the pandemic, motherhood, or relationships.

Shay Paul

Shay Paul is a Secwepemc contemporary artist and graphic designer in Tk’emlups te Secwepemc unceded territory. She is a 20-year-old, self-taught artist, who practices in a variety of artistic mediums. She has put on two self-organized exhibitions and is the project director of the Indigenous Resurgence Project. When she’s not creating art, she is volunteering her time in various circles to better indigenous livelihoods. Her studies and her volunteer work have taken her all over the country, but no matter what she finds herself doing, art is always apart of her life and is one of her most cherished passions.

Lucas Vanderlip

Lukas got his start as a composer by preparing scores for his sister's films, mostly performed on an old electric keyboard and recorded on a camera's microphone. Since then he's upgraded his equipment and composed scores for various other film and theatre productions, such as Frankentein (Chimera theatre), Disappearing Summer, Tanager Park (Kora Vanderlip's films), Medea (Westsyde Performing Arts), and Oz (Stage One theatre School), as well as releasing an album and an EP under the monkier Beholding.

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